Revered and feared in equal proportions, Virat Kohli's reign in international cricket has been a fantastic testament to what is expected from modern-day players. Aggressive yet sensible, fearless yet cautious, talented and yet with a heart that remains eager to keep learning - this India player has showcased exemplary class.
On Wednesday (July 24), Kohli became the quickest to complete 15 ODI centuries when he hit 115 vs Zimbabwe. (Match report) Fifteen may not sound like a jaw-dropping number and similarly, Zimbabwe may not appear as a formidable foe either. Take just a step above this trivialities and it becomes clear that for a 24-year-old, no feat is an understatement.
Ask his Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Ray Jennings and he would describe Kohli as a creative leader of men - one who leads by examples and one who makes mistakes only to bounce back hard from them. "He is just 24 and not 34 or 35. In other words, he is learning. Allow him to make mistakes. And I am sure he will commit a few. But let's allow him to learn from those," he said in an interview recently. (Readfull interview here)